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Dominic Atlas (Black Summer Avatar Comics)

Dominic Atlas


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Dominic Atlas was one of the main characters in Warren Ellis’ Black Summer.

Which was a 2007 comic book mini-series about powerful cyborg super-soldiers, and politics.


Background

  • Real Name: Dominic Hyde.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Seven Guns.
  • Base Of Operations: Unnamed western US city.
  • Height: 6’0” (8’0” when powered). Weight: 170lbs (400lbs when powered).
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Dominic’s Gun Enhancements are a series of cybernetic implants which provide the Seven Guns with:

    • Enhanced nervous systems.
    • A communications array linking them to the other Guns as well as general transmissions (which they can access whether their enhancements are running or not).
    • Links with their weapons.
    • A respawning function that allows their weapon virtually limitless ammo.
    • Abilities specific to the individual.

    These enhancements are activated by him saying his keyword, Herakles.

    His Enhancements involve bulking up his body with artificial muscles, growing larger and stronger. Dominic could rip a tank apart when enraged.


    History

    Dominic was resident of a western US city ruled by a corrupt police force and private armies. He was approached by acquaintance Tom Watson who, with John (Horus) and Frank Blacksmith, had developed the cybernetic technology which merged with other scientific disciplines to allow the creation of Gun Enhancements, gifting the recipient with cybernetic super-powers.

    Joining them, he was enhanced, adopting his codename and joined the Seven Guns.

    They began a vigilante action against the corrupt forces controlling their city. The Guns eventually routed them, but not before Blacksmith was dragged to death through the streets by a police car.

    They became a more global group for a while, which unfortunately left them out of the country on September 11th 2001, but they did foil a copycat strike on LAX on Thanksgiving.

    Tragedy

    The group continued operating until Laura Torch was killed in an explosion which maimed Tom Noir. They began to drift apart following this. But apart from Tom, who retired, all kept operating, although John Horus was the most public, and most independent. John became the most publicly trusted of the guns, and had regular access to the President.

    Dominic Atlas transforming (Black Summer / Avatar Comics)

    They enjoyed a freedom to operate for a while. But John then decided that the President was guilty of a number of crimes, including starting an illegal war. John summarily executed the President and his inner circle, then stood before the White House press corps declaring that the country should hold fresh elections.

    The military began hunting John and the other Guns. They were aided by Frank Blacksmith, who’d faked his own death and gone to the intelligence community to develop a group of Gun Enhancements for them.

    And then it gets worse

    He first tried to kill the retired Tom Noir, who managed to overcome the thug Frank left with him. The enforcer under the impression Tom’s enhancements no longer worked.

    Tom reunited with the other Guns, apart from John, who’d distanced himself from them during his speech. But they were unable to come to an agreement on how to respond, made harder since Kathryn Artemis had opened fire on the army.

    Tom’s apparent murder while trying to surrender, on top of the continued attacks on him, enraged the Guns. They began fighting the army seriously, pushing them back a fair way.

    Heading to an ammo dump to re-supply, they were ambushed by a group of Frank’s Guns. Dominic was killed in the fight.


    Personality

    Opinionated and short-tempered, Dominic is the most conservative of the Guns. He also argued for them to surrender themselves to the authorities after John’s actions. This changed after Tom’s apparent death, which truly enraged Dom.

    Dominic Atlas (Black Summer / Avatar Comics) stops a tank

    While he’d originally joined the Guns partly due to the illegalities of the local authorities, he was more likely to trust other authority figures than his team mates.

    In combat he tends to rely heavily on his physical strength rather than use strategy. He assumed leadership of the Guns after Tom retired, and John drifted away, although the others rarely took much attention of his orders.


    Quotes

    “In this world, where we’re all pulled down by small people and a million small things designed to keep us small — I want to be tall, Tom. When I stand up and say ‘enough. We don’t have to live like this,’ I want them to be able to see me. If I can be tall, anyone can be tall. And not being a liberal doesn’t mean I don’t know when things have gone wrong in this town.”

    “Don’t be an asshole. There are four of us and only three-quarters of you. Tom, you’re still drunk off your ass. Do as you’re told.”

    “Listen, when some asshole pulls a gun on me, he loses his right to a warm milky drink and fucking cuddles, okay ?”


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    Dominic Atlas

    Dex: 06 Str: 14 Bod: 11 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
    Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Vigilante
    Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
    Init: 016 HP: 030

    Powers:
    Growth: 03, Radio Communications: 15

    Bonuses and Limitations:

    • Growth is Always On and is Already Factored in (-1).
    • Radio Communications is Scrambled (+1), and allows him to access the surveillance around their bases (+1).

    Skills:
    Weaponry (Firearms): 08

    Advantages:
    Expertise (Prosthetics), Expansive Headquarters, Insta-Change, Scholar (Human Physiology).

    Connections:
    Seven Guns (High).

    Drawbacks:
    Alter Ego (Controllable), Secret ID.

    Equipment:
    GUN [BODY 10, Projectile Weapons: 08, R#: 02].


    Alter Ego

    Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
    Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Vigilante
    Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
    Init: 016 HP: 030

    Powers:
    Radio Communications: 15

    Bonuses and Limitations:
    Radio Communications is Scrambled (+1), and allows him to access the surveillance around their bases (+1).

    Skills:
    Weaponry (Firearms): 04

    Advantages:
    Expertise (Prosthetics), Expansive Headquarters.

    Connections:
    Seven Guns (High).

    Drawbacks:
    Secret ID.

    By Gareth Lewis.

    Source of Character: Black Summer comic (by Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp).

    Helper(s): Roy Cowan.

    Writeup completed on the 11th of March, 2010.

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